Tag: united for a fair economy

Tax policy study: Flip it to fix it

A new study has found that inverting state tax structures—whereby the highest income earners would be taxed at the current percentage of income for the lowest income earners, and vice versa—would collectively raise $6.9 billion more in revenue, a 21.4 percent increase over Virginia’s current tax structure. “Flipping” the tax structure would eliminate future budget […]


Brian Miller: Restoring a vibrant middle class

Imagine joining friends for a late-night game of Monopoly, but in this game, there’s a twist: At the start of the game, one player gets an entire side of the game board, from Pacific Avenue to Boardwalk, including the Short Line railroad. Instead of pondering easy questions like whether to be the shoe or the […]


The AFP Show: Tuesday, March 30

Hosted by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Today’s AFP Show features an interview with AFP editor Chris Graham and economist David Shreve. Shreve joins the show to talk about a report released Tuesday by United for a Fair Economy and the Virginia Organizing Project looking at what states should do in terms of fiscal policy to […]


The earnings report for Main Street

   Column by Prakash Laufer Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net To add insult to injury to working America, in came the earnings reports from Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. At these mega banks, balance sheets are healthy, profits are up and bonuses for top executives are bigger than ever. JPMorgan Chase just reported $11.7 billion in […]


The case for a strong estate tax

   Column by Brian Miller Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net On New Year’s Day the estate tax, an essential part of the U.S. tax system for nearly 100 years, will disappear because Congress failed to act in December. Congressional leaders now are pledging to act in early 2010 to reinstate the federal estate tax retroactive to […]


Brian Miller | A Labor Day for the 21st century

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day to honor the work of everyday Americans who built this country brick by brick, community by community. It’s an honorable holiday that pays tribute to honorable work. While it’s always good to give thanks, we need much more than well wishes and a cheer of support. We need to […]


Brian Miller | Taxes and the wisdom of our forebears

One hundred years ago, on July 17, 1909, Sen. William E. Borah (R-ID) wrote the words, “The income tax is the fairest and most equitable of the taxes. It is the one tax which approaches us in the hour of prosperity and departs in the hour of adversity. Certainly, it will be conceded by all […]